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General Alfred Houston Noble, USMC

Birthplace: Federalsburg, Caroline County, MD, United States
Death: September 27, 1983 (88)
San Diego, San Diego County, CA, United States
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Son of William Alfred Noble and Mahala Noble
Husband of Addie Noble
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Alfred H. Noble From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigationJump to search Alfred Houston Noble Noble AH.jpg General Alfred H. Noble, USMC Born October 26, 1894 Federalsburg, Maryland Died September 27, 1983 (aged 88) LaJolla, California Allegiance United States United States of America Service/branch USMC logo.svg United States Marine Corps Years of service 1917–1956 Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General Unit 6th Marines Commands held 5th Marines Marine Corps Training Command MCRD Parris Island Department of the Pacific Camp Lejeune Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic Battles/wars World War I Battle of Belleau Wood Banana Wars

Occupation of Nicaragua Occupation of Haiti World War II Awards Navy Cross Distinguished Service Cross Silver Star (2) Legion of Merit (combat "V") (2) Croix de Guerre French Fourragere General Alfred Houston Noble (October 26, 1894 – September 27, 1983) was a United States Marine Corps general who served in combat with the Marines from World War I in the Battle of Belleau Wood to World War II in the Pacific theater. His last command, before retiring from the Marine Corps with over 39 years of service, was as commanding general, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia.

Contents 1 Biography 1.1 World War I 1.2 Interwar years 1.3 World War II 1.4 Post-World War II service 2 Awards and decorations 3 See also 4 Notes 5 References Biography Alfred Noble was born on October 26, 1894, at Federalsburg, Maryland. After graduation from St. John's College, at Annapolis, he reported for active duty as a Marine second lieutenant on May 24, 1917, and embarked for France that October.

World War I During World War I, Noble fought as commander of the 83rd Company, 6th Marine Regiment, in the Aisne-Marne Defensive, (Chateau Thierry), the Aisne-Marne Offensive (Soissons), the St. Mihiel Offensive and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive (Champagne and Argonne Forest). He was awarded the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Croix de Guerre with silver star and diploma. In addition he was cited twice in General Orders of the War Department and once by the commanding general, AEF. He was also entitled to wear the French Fourragere which was awarded the 6th Marines.

Noble's Navy Cross was for gallantry in action from 6-June 8, 1918, during the battle of Belleau Wood. The citation states in part:

"…He was conspicuous for his judgment and personal courage in handling his company in attacks against superior numbers in strongly fortified machine-gun positions. His fortitude and initiative enabled his command each time to achieve success."

By the end of World War I, he had risen to the rank of captain.

Interwar years After the war, he served in the Army of Occupation in Germany until returned to the United States in July 1919.

In September 1919, Noble went overseas again to serve at the Marine Barracks, St. Thomas, Virgin, Islands, until June 1922. After that, he completed the Company Officers Course in the Marine Corps Schools at Quantico, Virginia, then served there as adjutant and secretary of the schools and as commanding officer of the Marine Corps Schools Detachment. He left Quantico in June 1927, and the following month, began a two-year command of the Marine detachment aboard the USS California (BB-44) serving with that detachment on expeditionary duty in Nicaragua. He returned to Quantico in July 1929, and during the next three years, he completed the Field Officers Course and served as an instructor in that course.

From July 1932, until August 1934, Noble served with the 1st Brigade Marines in Haiti. He was stationed in the Adjutant and Inspectors' Department at Marine Corps Headquarters, Washington, D.C., from September 1934 to May 1937, then was ordered once more to Quantico. There, after serving as assistant commandant of the Marine Corps Schools and as the commander of the 2nd Battalion of the 5th Marines, he took command of that regiment. He served in that capacity at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and elsewhere in the Caribbean during training and maneuvers before he was again ordered to Marine Corps Headquarters in May 1941. This time he served with the Division of Plans and Policies as officer in charge of the Material Section, and later, as director, Division of Plans and Policies. He was a colonel when the United States entered World War II.

World War II Noble was twice awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat "V", in World War II. The first was for outstanding service from September to December 1943, as chief of staff and deputy commander of I Marine Amphibious Corps during the Treasury Islands occupation,[1] the diversionary landing on Choiseul Island and the establishment of the beachhead at Empress Augustas Bay, Bougainville. The second was for outstanding service from May to August 1944, as assistant commander of the 3rd Marine Division during the planning and execution of the recapture of Guam.

In September 1942, the general was named chief of staff of the newly activated 3rd Marine Division. He served in that capacity for a year, sailing with the division for the Pacific theater in February 1943. He remained overseas as chief of staff and deputy commander of I Marine Amphibious Corps from September to December 1943, and as assistant commander of the 3rd Division from January to October 1944. Returning to the United States in November 1944, he served as commanding general of the Marine Training Command at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, until January 1946.

Post-World War II service In February 1946, Noble reported to Pearl Harbor as commanding general of the Marine Garrison Forces, 14th Naval District. He was ordered from Pearl Harbor to Tientsin, China, in August 1946, and after serving there for several months as assistant commander of the 1st Marine Division, he returned to the United States to take command of the Troop Training Unit, Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet, at Coronado, California.

From there, he reported to Parris Island, South Carolina, in February 1948, as commanding general, Marine Corps Recruit Depot. He served in that capacity until August 1950, for the next year as commanding general of the Marine barracks at Camp Pendleton, California, and for the following year as commanding general of the Department of the Pacific at San Francisco.

Ordered to the Netherlands in August 1952, Noble served in that country for two years prior to assuming command of the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune in September 1954. He was transferred to Norfolk, Virginia, as commanding general, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, on September 1, 1955, and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general on the same date. He served in that capacity until November 1, 1956, when he retired after 39 years of service and was promoted to four-star general.

Following his retirement, France awarded him the Legion of Honour for service to the Allied Cause during two World Wars and for his sympathy to France and its people.[2]

Awards and decorations Bronze oak leaf cluster VGold star Fourragère CG.png Bronze star Bronze star Bronze starBronze starBronze starBronze star Bronze star Bronze starBronze starBronze star 1st Row Navy Cross Distinguished Service Cross Silver Star w/ 1 oak leaf cluster Legion of Merit w/ 1 award star & valor device French Fourragère 2nd Row Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal Navy Presidential Unit Citation w/ 1 service star Navy Unit Commendation w/ 1 service star Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal 3rd Row World War I Victory Medal w/ Aisne, Aisne-Marne, Meuse-Argonne, & Defensive Sector clasps Army of Occupation of Germany Medal China Service Medal Nicaraguan Campaign Medal (1933) 4th Row American Defense Service Medal w/ Base clasp American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 service stars World War II Victory Medal 5th Row National Defense Service Medal Croix de guerre (WWI) w/ silver star Haitian Diploma of Honor and Merit, Officer Order of Orange-Nassau, Commander, w/ crossed swords See also Biography portal icon World War I portal World War II portal List of United States Marine Corps four-star generals Notes

Rentz, Bougainville and the Norther Solomons, p. 162.
"Private Law 85-704" (PDF). United States Statutes at Large, Volume 72, 85th Congress, 2nd Session. Retrieved 22 January 2015. References Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps. "General Alfred H. Noble, USMC". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. History Division, United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2008-02-08. Rentz, Major John M., USMCR (1946). "Appendix X: Command and Staff". Bougainville and the Northern Solomons. USMC Monograph. United States Marine Corps. Retrieved 2008-02-08. Categories: 1894 births1983 deathsUnited States Marine Corps personnel of World War IRecipients of the Navy Cross (United States)Recipients of the Legion of MeritRecipients of the Silver StarUnited States Marine Corps generalsUnited States Marine Corps World War II generalsPeople from Caroline County, MarylandAmerican military personnel of the Banana WarsRecipients of the Distinguished Service Cross (United States)Recipients of the Croix de Guerre 1914–1918 (France)Commanders of the Order of Orange-Nassau Navigation menu Not logged in Talk Contributions Create account Log in ArticleTalk ReadEditView history Search Search Wikipedia Main page Contents Current events Random article About Wikipedia Contact us Donate Contribute Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file Tools What links here Related changes Special pages Permanent link Page information Cite this page Wikidata item Print/export Download as PDF Printable version In other projects Wikimedia Commons

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October 26, 1894
Federalsburg, Caroline County, MD, United States
September 27, 1983
Age 88
San Diego, San Diego County, CA, United States